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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

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A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King's niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom's politics. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Its laughter will ring through the centuries!


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Un yanqui en la corte del rey Arturo  »

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Trivia

Mark Twain got his idea for Hank Martin to use the eclipse for his benefit from Christopher Columbus. Columbus actually used an eclipse knowingly to perhaps alter history. Stranded in Jamaica in 1503, on his fourth voyage, Columbus and his crew were wearing out their welcome with the natives, who were feeding them. Columbus knew a lunar eclipse was coming, so he "predicted" the Moon's disappearance. The natives begged him to bring it back and, of course, he did, in due time. See more »

Goofs

Merlin is seen using a telescope toward the end of the film. The first person to apply for a patent for a telescope was a Dutch eyeglass maker named Hans Lippershey, in 1608. The use of lenses does do go back further than that. But, certainly would not have been seen in the sixth century, nearly a thousand years before. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hank Martin: Here ya are.
[pays taxi driver]
Hank Martin: Hey, has this castle always had four turrets?
Pendragon Castle door man: Always.
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Referenced in Entourage: One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car (2009) See more »

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WHEN IS SOMETIME?
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Rhonda Fleming
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Lavish Twain
24 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Stylishly directed, picturesquely photographed and brilliantly acted — Crosby's interpretation seems exactly right, Hardwicke has his best role ever, while Bendix is a treat too — this Yankee's appeal is universal and irresistible.

One of the principal joys of the movie, of course, are the songs. As might be expected, Bing is in fine voice. And although Hardwicke's solo has been cut, we can still hear him sing heartily as he dances merrily with Crosby and Bendix in their famous novelty number, "Busy Doing Nothing". It's also a treat to hear Rhonda Fleming, who, although she enjoyed an extensive stage and concert career as a singer, was rarely given a chance to be heard in the cinema. She has a lovely voice that more than matches her ravishing looks—and she looks very fetching indeed in her Mary Kay Dodson costumes.

Director Tay Garnett gets the most out of his lavish budget, using all the resources at his command to present every fabulous scene as effectively as possible. (Perhaps the eclipse looks a trifle too contrived, but who's complaining?)

In short, as the trailer actually describes, an entertainment delight from start to finish.


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